The funny thing is, there’s no punch line this time. It really happened.
My wife and I were running errands on the east side of the Portland metro area when I noticed a really black cloud to our south.
I said, “Wow, that looks like a funnel cloud,” but I thought it must be steam from a factory rising into the low clouds. That’s happened lots of times to give the appearance of being a funnel.
But shortly after seeing it–it completely vanished. That would be odd for steam to do that. So I figured it must be real and our car cruised down I-205 south from Highway 224, toward Oregon City. The exact location of the funnel was almost directly across I-205 from Latus Motors (the big Harley dealership on the east side). So it was on the east side of I-205, just south of the Gladstone exit.
My heart raced as I recorded this video. Look toward the middle of the screen to see what cool, unstable air can do. It appeared much closer to the naked eye and I could clearly see rotation. In this case, it does not appear this Oregon funnel cloud touched down–or else we’d be calling it a tornado. Terry Boyd, radio host over at AM 860 KPAM also saw the funnel and got caught in the downpour that came with it. What a crazy day!